SARAH HUGHES – Company Commercial and Corporate

Specialist Experience

  • Outsourcing contracts
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Charity incorporation
  • Governance advice
  • Housing transfers
  • Arms Length Management Organisations
  • Housing management policies
  • Company secretarial support
  • Company formation
  • Directors’ duties
  • Contract negotiation
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Board training
  • Management Agreements
  • Sale Agreements
  • Solicitor of England & Wales 2003
  • Nottingham Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) 2001
  • University of Nottingham LLB Law with European Law Degree 2000
  • Trowers & Hamlins

Sarah specialises in public sector projects and has extensive experience in advising on the outsourcing of housing and leisure services.  She has had exposure to some of the most innovative schemes and projects in social housing in recent years including advising on the largest single stock transfer so far completed in England.

Sarah advises on all aspects of governance including key governance and policy documents, regulatory compliance and also delivers board training and development programmes.  Her broader expertise includes contract negotiation, drafting terms and conditions, management agreements, service level agreements, company formation, company secretarial and directors’ duties.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sarah for over 2 years in RB where she was our legal counsel for all Procurement matters. We’ve worked together on a number of complex supplier contract negotiation and disputes with our suppliers. I have been constantly impressed with Sarah’s ability to get things done in a collaborative, highly ethical and calm manner while always preserving the company’s best interest. 

  • Sarah has clear and wide business perspective to focus on the relevant matters.
  • Sarah is always aiming at building bridges with suppliers to get the best possible deals.
  • Sarah has a superb ability to translate commercial concepts into legal wording or rewrite them so as to ensure their acceptance from the other party without conceding.

 I highly recommend Sarah, she is an expert in her field with strong business acumen and would make a great asset for any organisation.” RB Procurement Director, Dairy-Nutrition

“Her professionalism, her commitment to support Procurement and RB business, and the quality of her work is simply outstanding.” Director of Global Procurement, Reckitt Benckiser

“Sarah has worked with us on a retained basis for almost 3 years.  During this time she has demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of our business and continually demonstrates a high level of technical ability and expertise.  Sarah has worked exceptionally well with us, saved us money through her own arrangements and helped us use external lawyers more efficiently.” Andrew Potter, CEO, Lewisham Homes

“Sarah Hughes provided legal advice and support to Sutton Housing Partnership where I was Chief Executive. She brings extensive experience around many of the issues housing organisations face and applies this with a common sense and practical approach. At SHP she quickly gained the trust and confidence of staff and stakeholders and supported the organisation to achieve good outcomes reducing risk and saving money. Where work is outside her area of expertise she has strong networks and will readily recommend highly competent individuals to provide support. In summary Sarah comes highly recommended and I would readily use her again in any future roles that I have.” Andrew Taylor

“As company secretary at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing I was extremely grateful for legal advice on two occasions last year from Sarah Hughes when the organisation was considering a merger. Sarah understood the company structure and governance without needing lots of explanation and she provided clear, comprehensive and helpful advice to tight deadlines, in plain English and at very reasonable cost. I would look forward to using her services again.”  Rhona Davidson